The ultimate and real reason for the Whale Rally(for Ulysses Garden Route) is the presentation of one of the best rallies you can attend as a biker. A rally presented by bikers, for bikers!
However…somehow we also manage to generate surplus funds from the rally, and we take pride in the donation of these “profits” from the rally to public charities across the Garden Route. In reality, this means that you, our loyal Whale Rally supporter, are also the supporters & donors to these charities. We thank you for your support!
Unfortunately, most of you never see this happening. To experience something like this makes it all worthwhile – it’s not possible to explain the feeling and emotion involved in doing this. To see the gratitude and know that the gratitude is genuine, is just AWESOME.
Our guidelines are simple, charities need to be within our chapter’s boundaries, charities need to be registered NGO’s, charities should not be receiving government funding and finally, our preference is to provide goods needed, as opposed to giving hard cash.
We feel that you should know who they are and what they do, as all you wonderful bikers who were at the rally over the years have a stake in this.
These two homes take in elderly from all races, who are weakened & need care-giving. There are 80 residents who receive 24 hour care, which includes meals & daily washing of bedding & clothing. The Governing body consists 9 volunteers who are involved with the functioning of the homes and the extra fundraising to supplement the subsidy shortfall.
On 29th October 2011, Ulysses Garden Route donated goods with a combined value of R10,000 to both “Ons Huis” and “Kenanie” from the proceeds of the 2011 Whale Rally, to assist them with their plight. We were once again, on the 10th November 2012, able to donate goods worth more than R10 000 to “Ons Huis”, from the proceeds of the 2012 Whale Rally!
On the 29th August 2011, Ulysses Garden Route donated R10,000 to the Rheenendal Bus accident victims Trust Fund, when 14 children and the driver of the school bus tragically lost their lives when the bus plunged into a dam on the way to school.
Die Sterreweg is a special day-care centre in Plettenberg Bay for children with special cognitive & physical disabilities. The project was set up in 2007 by a Belgian N.P.O., dREAMCATCHER, in partnership with Sabrina Love Foundation & Knysna Assoc. for Persons with Disabilities.
The children receive special guidance & are offered individually adjusted training programs to stimulate motor, social & communicative skills & to enhance self-reliance. Die Sterreweg also functions as a resource centre for parents with physically/mentally challenged children who live in the area.
On 19th February 2012, the Ulysses Garden Route Chapter donated goods to Sterreweg with proceeds from the 2011 Whale Rally, to assist them with their plight.
Pastor Allan Jubber and his wife do extensive missionary work amongst the underprivileged in the Plettenberg Bay area. He and his wife run a soup kitchen in three different areas, namely Mandela Park, The Craggs and Bossiesgif. They feed over 5,000 people a week and are totally reliant on charity and hand-outs.
On 19th February 2012, the Ulysses Garden Route Chapter donated goods to Born Free Ministries with proceeds from the 2011 Whale Rally, to assist them in their fine work.